Category: Software

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Leica S Type 006 and Leica S2/S2-P Firmware Updates

Mark Goldstein | Digital, Photokina 2014, Software
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Leica has announced new firmware updates for the Leica S-System. FW 2.4.0.0, the firmware update for the LeicaS (Type 006), optimises numerous functions, considerably improves the performance of the camera and all Leica S-Lenses and represents the most comprehensive firmware update since the launch of the Leica S-System. The firmware updates for the LeicaS (FW 2.4.0.0.) and Leica S2/S2-P (FW 1.4.0.0.) cameras also support the Leica Summicron-S 100 mm f/2 ASPH.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS, FE 28mm F2, Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA, FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS

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Sony is exhibiting 4 lenses (FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS, FE 28mm F2, Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA, FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS) and 2 converters (FE Ultra Wide Converter and FE Fisheye Converter) supporting 35 mm full-frame sensors under development for reference at Photokina. Including these lenses, Sony is introducing its lens development roadmap, which shows that Sony aims to release a total of over twenty α E-mount lenses supporting 35 mm full-frame sensors in 2016.

The ‘Capture One’ RAW converter and image editing software from Phase One has been newly adapted for Sony. ‘Capture One Express (for Sony)’ will be provided at no extra charge to users who purchase an α interchangeable-lens camera or Cyber-shot RX digital still camera.

Panasonic DMC-GH4 Firmware Update Features 4K Photo Mode

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Panasonic have announced a firmware update for the GH-4 compact system camera which will enhance the performance and controllability of the camera and feature a new 4K Photo Mode. It encourages users to capture spur-of-the-moment, high resolution, 4K photos by cropping out a designated frame from a 4K video. With the new firmware for GH4, it is easier to get 4K photo by using the dedicated mode. The new firmware program is scheduled to be released in the beginning of October, 2014.

Olympus Silver OM-D E-M1, Firmware 2.0 Upgrade, 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO Lens, 1.4x Teleconvertor

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Olympus has announced a silver OM-D E-M1, version 2.0 firmware upgrade, super-fast 40-150mm telephoto zoom lens and 1.4x teleconverter booster. The 2.0 firmware upgrade delivers tethered shooting, on-camera Digital Shift and Live Composite. The extremely fast M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:2.8 PRO (80-300mm*) is available with a booster for ultra-high zoom photography: the M.ZUIKO Digital 1.4x Teleconverter.

The silver Olympus E-M1 upgrade goes on sale in early October – at £1099.99 for the body only, or £1799.99 in a kit with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO lens. The new 40-150mm PRO zoom lens and 1.4x Teleconverter both follow in early November. The Olympus 40-150mm lens will cost £1299.99 with the 1.4x teleconverter priced at £299.99. Alternatively, they will be available together for £1499.99.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Corel AfterShot 2 for Windows

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel is growing its photo software lineup with the introduction of a new member of the Corel AfterShot product family. Based on the already existing AfterShot Pro 2, the new AfterShot 2 for Windows is billed as a powerful raw photo editing and adjustment application at a highly affordable price. “With the launch of AfterShot 2, Corel is addressing three trends. One, enthusiasts today have thousands of photos and need better ways of managing them. Second, everyone who’s truly passionate about photography should consider a leap to RAW for the quality and superior results it can deliver. Finally, the high price and subscription push of Lightroom restricts many entry-level enthusiasts from getting into a legitimate photo workflow product,” said Greg Wood, Product Management, Corel Photo Editing. “AfterShot 2 changes this by delivering a powerful and creative feature set that’s based on the impressive power of AfterShot Pro, but available at price of just $39.99—an incomparable value.” Corel's new AfterShot 2 application is available for $39.99.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

PhotoLine 18.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Version 18.5 of PhotoLine is now available for download. Improvements versus the previous release include the addition of a new filter called Polar Coordinates, a new vector operation dubbed "Cut," curves optimisation, enhanced PDF Import and Export, improved touch and gesture support under Windows 8, a couple of new alignment functions, and more. PhotoLine is an all-purpose image and graphics editor featuring support for CMYK and lab colour spaces, colour management with ICC profiles, adjustment layers, and 16/32-bit-per-channel.editing. To download the program, visit the website below.

Website: PhotoLine

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Macphun and X-Rite Release New Bundles

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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X-Rite has partnered with Macphun to offer photographers two new product bundles. Available across Europe, the offers enable users to buy an X-Rite ColorMunki Smile and get Macphun Intensify for free, or purchase an X-Rite ColorMunki Display and pick up a gratis copy of Macphun Intensify Pro. To receive this offer customers must purchase the ColorMunki Smile or ColorMunki Display, and then register their unique product serial number online using the URL provided - this will then instantly make available an electronic download of the Macphun software for the customer. THe promotion runs until the end of October.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Adobe Updates Creative Cloud, Adobe Anywhere

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe today announced plans to significantly update Adobe Creative Cloud video desktop apps and Adobe Anywhere for video. Key updates to Creative Cloud extend native file support, with the addition of AJA RAW. Performance enhancements include accelerated Masking & Tracking; and new GPU-optimised playback that delivers better performance when viewing extremely high resolution 4K and UltraHD footage from Phantom Cine, Canon raw and RED R3D files. A refreshed user-interface across all the video applications supports HiDPI displays for both Mac Retina Displays and Windows 8.1. Powerful new media and project management features, including Consolidate & Transcode; Search Bins; and Multiproject workflows offer more ease and flexibility, at the project level, so Adobe Premiere Pro CC users can complete tasks more efficiently. Adobe Media Encoder now includes Destination publishing with preset options so users can render, deliver and share projects to multiple locations such as FTP sites and their Creative Cloud folder, automating the delivery process. Additionally, Extended Match Source support now includes added support for the QuickTime and DNxHD formats.  Additionally, new options in the Adobe Anywhere app for iPad are added, so users to scrub and review video footage faster.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

PlayMemories Mobile 5.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Sony has updated its PlayMemories Mobile smartphone app to Version 5.0. Available tomorrow, as a free download (iOS and Android), this handy app works with Sony’s QX10, QX30, QX100 and QX1 lens-style cameras, and provides faster one-touch wireless connection by NFC and offers a new touch shutter function that allows fumble-free shooting just by touching your phone screen. Other novelties include a redesigned graphical user interface, on-screen focus confirmation, on-demand grid lines and a new Mirror mode that lets you frame shots in confidence with the camera held at arm’s length. PlayMemories Mobile Version 5.0 for iOS and Android is available for free.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Perfect Photo Suite 9

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software

onOne Software has announced Perfect Photo Suite 9, an updated version of its photo editing and effects app for Mac OS X and Windows. New features include an overhauled Browse module,, a new Lens Flare filter, a new Quick Mask brush, a new Smart Photo feature and an integrated noise reduction algorithm. Additionally, all the masking and selection tools have been improved and integrated throughout the Suite’s modules. And, Perfect Layers and Perfect Mask have been combined into a single module, streamlining the process of compositing photos. Perfect Photo Suite 9 will be available in late October 2014, in two versions: Premium and Basic. The Premium version has an introductory price of $129.95. The Basic edition, which does not have plug-in support, is $79.95.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

DxO Optics Pro 9.5.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO Labs have released DxO Optics Pro 9.5.2. This version adds support for the Nikon D810 (pictured, Elite Edition only) and expands its library of DxO Optics Modules with 894 new camera/lens combinations, The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro v9.5.2 for Mac and Windows are immediately available in the DxO Labs online store.

Akvis Refocus 5.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis Refocus has been updated to Version 5.0. This release brings a new refocusing algorithm, expanded raw image file support, minor bug fixes and improved compatibility with Adobe Photoshop CC 2014. Registered users of Refocus can upgrade to version 5.0 for free by downloading and installing the new version.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Corel PaintShop Pro X7

Mark Goldstein | Software
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Corel PaintShop Pro X7 features new editing tools, faster brushes and modern UI updates. Giving photo pros and enthusiasts an image editing application that’s affordable and easy to use, Corel PaintShop Pro X7 delivers the impressive feature set and power expected from a professional caliber software package. “With the new PaintShop Pro X7, we’re continuing our commitment to give photographers and creative users the tools they need to create their best-ever work. X7 offers more creativity, speed and productivity to help you achieve amazing results, faster,” said Greg Wood, Senior Product Director for Photo Products at Corel.

Suggested retail pricing for PaintShop Pro X7 is $79.99 (USD/CAN)/ EUR 69.99/ £59.99 (inclusive of VAT, where applicable)/ $99.95 (AUD).

Suggested retail pricing for PaintShop Pro X7 Ultimate is $99.99 (USD/CAN) / EUR 89.99/ £79.99 (inclusive of VAT, where applicable)/ $129.95 (AUD).

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

HDRinstant Version 1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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HDRlog has released the first update to hte standalone version of its HDRinstant software. Version 1 brings new features such as a tool to help you choose the sharpest image, user tone-mapping presets, image sharpening and adjustment tools. The innovative technology behind the program allows the user to create an HDR image from video footage, and its anti-ghosting capability removes motion blur when creating HDR images from several frames. After importing your video clip, you can extract as many images as possible, then select your favorite frame. HDRinstant will stack the frames and apply a special morphing algorithm to build the final HDR photograph.  The Mac and Windows versions can be downloaded from the website below.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Pickture Reaches 100,000 Users

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Pickture, a photographic contest app for Android and iOS, has now reached over 100,000 Instagrammers through a series of collaborations. Initially released to a key group of high-volume Instagram users, the intuitive app activates the capabilities of Instagram to provide users with a platform to share their images, be immersed inphotography and have the chance to win a range of prizes. Pickture adopts a multi-platform approach by putting winners in the spotlight both within the app and on its own Instagram account. This provides users a chance to not only be rewarded for their images through prizes, but also with a chance to build their network of followers as they are exposed to a wide audience. Through celebrating the winners, Pickture also enables users to connect with and discover others who hold the same creative interests. You can download the app from the website below.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Post Photos Stored on your Computer Directly to Instagram

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Younity today announced the ability to publish any photo stored on a computer directly to Instagram via the younity iOS app. Until now, Instagram users could only publish photos to the social network if those photos were stored on their smartphones. This release enables users to easily publish any photo, stored on any computer they own, directly to their Instagram account from their iPhone or iPad. "Posting old or remote photos to Instagram is easy," the company said. "Once younity is installed on your computers, it will discover all the photos stored on those computers and external hard drives. Then, simply open younity on your mobile device, browse to any photo you’ve ever taken and select the Post to Instagram button."

Friday, August 8, 2014

Sigma Photo Pro 6.0.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Sigma has released an update to its Sigma Photo Pro software package. Version 6.0.5 incorporates the following improvement and fixes:

  • It has improved the image quality of long exposure photography, taken by the SIGMA dp2 Quattro.
  • It has corrected the phenomenon that JPEG images developed from X3F files are neither properly displayed in the photo editing software nor successfully uploaded to SNS/websites.
  • It has corrected the phenomenon that it resets the displayed position of thumbnails when the main window is updated after saving and deleting images.
  • It has corrected the phenomenon that the print size in the print window occasionally goes back to the default settings.
  • It has corrected the phenomenon that X3F files are not properly processed when the images are taken with the SD1 or Merrill series cameras and the color space is set at Adobe RGB.

Website: Sigma Global Vision

Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.06

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Apple has posted a Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update, which adds system-level support for raw image files generated by the Nikon Coolpix P340, Nikon 1 V3, Olympus OM-D E-M10, Olympu STYLUS 1, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4, Sony A7S (pictured), Sony Alpha ILCE-5000, Sony Alpha ILCE-6000, Sony Alpha SLT-A77 II and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III cameras. You can download the update from the website below.

Website: Apple

Thursday, August 7, 2014

7 SNAPS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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7 SNAPS is a new, interactive iPhone app that combines social media, imagination and photography. The unique app challenges photographers, both amateur and professional, to use their imagination and interpret a presented word through the art of photography. Increasing their vocabulary and stretching their imagination, users are given a word a day, seven words a week. Photos can be uploaded and viewed by others, encouraging interaction between friends, old and new. All participants are allowed to vote on the best photo for each word, with just two weeks of voting time. The author of the app is currently seeking funds through Indiegogo to fully develop the idea and let individuals start SNAPPING. With a goal of $80,000 AUD and a campaign end date of 25 September 2014, the creator hopes to make the app available worldwide.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Slingshot for Lightroom

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Brushed Pixel Software has released the Slingshot plugin for Adobe Lightroom on Mac OS X, which allows users to conveniently send items from their library to other applications. When the user activates the plugin, it displays a customisable list of applications; the user can choose an application to open their library item, without having to manually find and open the file in the OS X Finder, and launch the desired application. Slingshot is available for CAD $9.00. For more information, visit the website below.